In 2018, we started off with our first project, Project Mandalay. In partnership with a local NGO Shay Yay Sat, we managed to reach out to various villagers and orphanages as well.
Meet the Team
Dr. Nate Wong
Kong Rui Ting
Lim Mei Ling
Tai Zhang Yong
Day 1: We’ve arrived! Our mission is to understand the challenges faced by those who may not be receiving adequate healthcare and to bring awareness to the inequalities around the world. We all didn’t know what to expect, but thanks to everyone we meet along the way, it made our beginning much easier.
Aung Thu Kha
Day 2: The weather was thrilling throughout the 12 hours bus ride to Mandalay from Yangon, but finally we’ve arrived at the hostel safely. This was the first day of work and despite the initial slow start, we still managed to see all patients, with the help of the local doctors. We were very well received by these smiling children and we had a delicious home-cooked meal!
Day 3: Here, the villagers offered us utilities such as meat and electricity. To us, they may seem like necessities, but to them they are luxurious, only meant to be enjoyed every now and then. We sincerely appreciated and thanked them for their hospitality, showing us the gift of giving. Through this act of kindness, we understood it wasn’t about the price of giving, but the meaning and sacrifice behind it.
Day 4: We visited the Sin Kaing Monastery, and after a warm welcome, with amazing food and friendliness, the students happily gathered in the front of the school and waved us goodbye. It was a touching sight to behold. See our Instagram page for this warming scene! @projectmandalay
Day 5: After seeing the villagers here, it started to rain heavily, so much that a river formed and it was too deep for our bus to pass through. To head back we had to sit in a wooden cart pulled by cows instead. It was a unique experience that we never thought we would get in this trip.
Day 6: To get to Kalaw, we had to sit on the back of a truck and ride through the Shan Hills, accompanied by a magnificent view of the different villages scattered throughout the mountains. Fun fact: the Shan Hills extend from Yunnan in China, all the way through Myanmar to Thailand! It was an intense day with many emergency cases. The whole team was on their toes and active throughout, with some patients’ lives on the line. Thankfully, the whole team reacted well and accordingly with the limited resources available.